Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® is dedicated to implementing programs of service that enhance the social, economic, and educational well-being of the local, national and international communities. Programs remain the heart of AKA. The size and scope of services provided to our communities have grown and significantly improve the quality of life for all who reside within our service areas.
The program theme for 2018-2022 is Exemplifying Excellence Through Sustainable Service. The International Program includes five program targets that are designed to advance the mission of Alpha Kappa Alpha with excellence and underscore our commitment to sustainable service.
The five program targets for 2018-2022 are:
The Signature Program is #CAP℠ which is the abbreviation for College Admissions Process. It is designed to assist students in their efforts to enter college by providing a hands-on approach that includes all the steps from researching various colleges to actually completing the application process.
In addition to the program targets, the Exemplifying Excellence Through Sustainable Service administration is pleased to continue Community Impact Days. Chapters will engage in simultaneous activities that will benefit the community and continue our commitment to lifelong service.
A significant feature of this programmatic thrust is the launch of AKA University℠! This exciting new platform will serve as the umbrella under which education, training, and leadership development will emerge so that members can enhance their personal development and provide more impactful service to the community.
HBCU for Life: A Call to Action
Alpha Kappa Alpha will continue its focus on education with an emphasis on historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).
Chapters will promote and market historically black colleges and universities and encourage students to attend HBCUs as a sustainability measure. Activities will include researching and publishing information regarding prominent Alpha Kappa Alpha women and other notable individuals who attended HBCUs.
Recognizing that HBCU funding is one of the primary obstacles that threaten the long-term growth and survival of HBCUs, members will be encouraged to financially support HBCUs. Alpha Kappa Alpha will implement an AKA HBCU Endowment Initiative in partnership with EAF, in which an endowed scholarship will be established at each accredited four-year HBCU. The goal is to stamp the Alpha Kappa Alpha brand of financial support on each HBCU campus to help students remain in school, complete their course of study, and receive their college degrees.
Alpha Kappa Alpha will assist students as they seek admission to college by providing guidance and support in completing the application and enrollment process through the 2018-2022 Signature Program, #CAP℠.
Too many African-American high school students lack the basic support needed to navigate through the college admissions process.
Through #CAP℠, chapters will partner with local high schools and youth groups to bridge the gap between high school and college by demystifying the college application and enrollment process. This educational initiative will extend to all colleges and universities, both HBCUs and non-HBCUs.
#CAP℠ is a step-by-step approach to facilitate college admission from researching various institutions and submitting applications through completion of the enrollment process. Chapters will assist students in completing college applications, preparing for the ACT and SAT, writing compelling personal statements, identifying scholarships and other financial aid, and compiling a portfolio to track college admission results.
Through #CAP℠, Alpha Kappa Alpha will improve the trajectory of the lives of talented young people by increasing their potential for success and laying the foundation for positive, productive, and fulfilling lives.
Women's Healthcare and Wellness
Alpha Kappa Alpha will continue to raise community awareness of critical health issues impacting African-American women. The primary focuses will be breast cancer awareness and prevention, heart health, nutrition and wellness, and care for the caregivers.
Building Your Economic Legacy
Alpha Kappa Alpha will emphasize financial planning, asset accumulation, and wealth building including savings and investments, managing debt, and improving credit.
Alpha Kappa Alpha will expose students to arts enrichment and culture by focusing on visual and performing arts and by showcasing talent through the exploration of writers, entertainers and various other artists.
Alpha Kappa Alpha will engage in programming designed to enhance the international footprint of the sorority.
Connection and Social Action
The ultimate goal of Connection and Social Action activities is to bring about changes that have a positive impact on the lives of all individuals, particularly African-Americans. All members of the Sorority are called to:
Be aware of pertinent legislative issues.
Have the knowledge needed to reach informed decisions about who and what to support.
Take action through advocacy activities that benefit the African-American community and other communities of color.
AKA Day at the Capitol
Chapters will advocate for legislation that addresses the areas of focus the Sorority has deemed important. It is vital that every member understands that healthcare, gun control, HBCU funding, voter identification and registration requirements, reinstatement of the Voting Rights Act, and re-enfranchisement for voters with felony convictions are priorities.
Voter Education ~ Registration ~ Mobilization ~ Participation
Chapters will mobilize and host voter engagement activities. Chapters will leverage relationships with our GOTV partners (WWAV, NAACP, League of Women Voters) to meet our desired goal of registering more than 25,000 new voters.
International Community Impact Events
MLK Day of Service
Members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. will honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by engaging in a day of service in our communities and around the world to promote peace and community through love in keeping with Dr. King’s life and teachings.
Pink Goes Red Day for Heart Health
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated is proud to join the American Heart Association in the fight against heart disease in order to improve the health of all women. On this special day, Alpha Kappa Alpha women will take off our pink and wear red for the day to raise awareness of this deadly disease and promote life changes that will increase the longevity and quality of the lives of women around the globe.
Global Impact Service Day
In recognition of our connectedness across continents and geographic borders, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated will work with our corporate partners and others to connect with and support our sisters and brothers at home and abroad by donating our time, talents, gifts and resources to those in need.
International Day of Prayer
In light of all that is occurring in the United States and around the world, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated will observe an International Day of Prayer where members of the sorority will worship together as a sign of solidarity and make intercessions for peace in this world and covering for our sisterhood and the work we perform in service to all mankind.
AKA HBCU DAY
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated is committed to the preservation and continued financial support of one of this nation’s most valuable resources -- Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). To this end, the sorority will pay particular attention to these unique institutions during this special week which has been designated to honor and recognize HBCUs by making individual financial contributions and highlighting important contributions of HBCU alumni.
Breast Cancer Awareness Day
Recognizing that breast cancer results in death for African-American women at nearly double the rate of other women, Alpha Kappa Alpha members will observe Breast Cancer Awareness Day during nationally-recognized Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast Cancer Awareness Day aims to raise awareness about the disease and raise funds for research into its causes, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure.
AKA Caregiver’s Day
National Caregivers Day is observed annually to provide support to those who care for loved ones by providing quality, compassionate care on a daily basis. During this special observance, members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated will recognize caregivers and provide much-needed support and respite for them to honor the important work they do for others.
Local Signature Projects
Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson Pumps, Pearls and Politics®
A signature event of Gamma Zeta Omega Chapter since 2013, the highly-anticipated community political forum. “Pumps, Pearls and Politics” was designed to salute local women leaders and connect civic-minded women to become more engaged politically beyond their typical involvement soliciting voter registrations. To envision the possibility of women becoming candidates, campaign managers, and political consultants. Over the years, Pumps, Pearls and Politics evolved to become the must-attend local community political event for civic-minded women and men, political candidates, and anyone thinking of seeking office. In 2019, the event was renamed the Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson Pumps, Pearls and Politics in honor of the local political icon who is also a former South Atlantic Regional Director and Gamma Zeta Omega Chapter President.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Youth Symposium
“A Progressive Evolution”
The genesis of the Martin Luther King, Jr., (MLK) Youth Symposium is a creative metamorphosis, which has evolved over the past decade from 2010 to the present. The Symposium represents a Gamma Zeta Omega partnership with the W.I.S.H. Foundation, Inc. The original concept was introduced as a “Sunday Supper” community conversation and forum. The event was intended to be reminiscent, in many aspects, of the model established during the1950’s-and-60’s by Dr. King, who frequently hosted focused, discussion-group meetings with fellow activists and others interested in his movement. During the past decade the MLK Youth Symposium, which is hosted annually in January during the King Holiday weekend, has grown in concept and impetus to intentionally embrace the participation of local school-aged youth as the target audience. Being able to listen to the unscripted comments and learn from the ideas and vision of community youth has been a phenomenally rewarding aspect of this program. (Please SEE the W.I.S.H. Foundation, Inc., for more information.)
Elegance In Pink and White Presentation
The annual culminating event for the "Ivy Rosettes" is a premiere social showcase, "Elegance in Pink and White." During this stellar black-tie event, freshmen, sophomore and junior level participants are introduced to a gracious and admiring audience of family, friends and community leaders. The crowning celebration, designed for the seniors, who are exclusively designated Les' Perles, (French for "The Pearl''), is an elegant, formal presentation, with a beautiful, vintage curtsy from each participant.